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BC-APFN-Business News Digest

Business News at 5:30 p.m.

The supervisor is Skip Wollenberg (800-845-8450, ext. 1682). For photos, ext. 1900. For graphics and interactives, ext. 7636. Expanded AP content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com .

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Editors:

U.S. markets are closed all day Thursday for the July Fourth holiday.

â¿¿ These daily fixtures from AP Business News will not run on Thursday because of the July Fourth holiday: BC-US--Board of Trade, Open; BC-US--Board of Trade, Close; BC-US--Business Highlights; BC-US--The Day Ahead; BC-US--Dollar-Gold-Glance; BC-US--Gov Finances; and BC-US--Wall Street Stocks.

â¿¿ BC-US--Of Mutual Interest, the AP's weekly mutual fund column, which is normally sent on Thursday, will be sent on Friday, July 5.

â¿¿ BC-US--Money Funds, BC-US--The Week Ahead, BC-US--Mortgage Rates and BC-US--Jobless Claims, which normally are sent on Thursdays, were sent on Wednesday, July 3.

â¿¿ BC-US--SmallBiz-Small Talk, which usually moves on Wednesdays, has been replaced this week by BC-US--SmallBiz-Beer-Economic Impact, which moved on Wednesday for use Thursday and thereafter and is being sent again. Small Talk will return on Wednesday, July 10.

â¿¿ No Money & Markets modules will be sent on Thursday for Friday. Regular Money & Markets production will resume on Friday. The Money & Markets Extra modules that are usually sent on Thursday will be sent out on Wednesday.

NEW THIS DIGEST:

__ADDS: CLIMATE CHANGE, PAULA DEEN, SMALLBIZ BREWERIES-PHOTO GALLERY

TOP STORIES:

EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

FRANKFURT, Germany â¿¿ The European Central Bank and the Bank of England underlined their determination to keep interest rates low in an attempt to reassure markets unsettled by the possible end of the U.S. Federal Reserve's bond-buying program. Abandoning a longtime practice of saying it "never precommits" on interest rate decisions, the ECB said it would keep its benchmark interest rate the same or lower "for an extended period of time." By David McHugh.

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